Tag: enlightenment

Pointers to the formless: BOREDOM

To be awake is to be free of the dream. To be enlightened is to live as a transparent form emanating the eternal light from within. To be conscious is to be aware of the awareness you are. To be free is to no longer identify with ego and discover your true self.

We use words like transcendence and transmutation and transfiguration to describe in concepts what is the emerging of the formless within the illusory world of form. We let go of our identity with form, ego, body, mind and the person. We wake up to see the form, body, mind and person as manifestations of our true self.

Jesus described this awakening of consciousness as being born again. Isn't that description appropriate for waking up, being enlightened, becoming conscious and finding freedom? We are born again of water (entry into the physical realm) and spirit (awakening to the true self). Jesus described awakening as salvation. The word he used in its various forms was "sozo." This word means "to make whole."

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Pointers to the Formless: a child is born

If you are a “spiritual” blogger, you have to write a Christmas post, right?  If life has reached a critical stage, then there must be an event, right?  If the pressure gets too high in the nuclear reactor cooling system, then “it’s gonna blow!” (Cue the dramatic music and images of a frantic control room trying to turn the correct dial in the right order to avoid disaster).

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Pointers to the formless: KNOWING

Jesus used a few different words that are translated as "knowing" or "to know" in the Christian bible.  In the original language the Greek words can be translated as other than "knowing" or colors of knowing.  Sometimes Jesus "knew" something as an observation or an understanding or a perceiving.  Sometimes his "knowing" was like our modern expression of how we would describe our relationship with form.  He "knew" concepts just like we do.  But sometimes he used a special word.  This word (translated as "to know") is a word that implied intimate experiencing.  As an example: "Adam knew Eve and they had a child."

This kind of intimate knowing is why the formless manifests as form to know the formless.

And they said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”  And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven

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Pointers to the formless: PARADOX

The mind attempts to go deeper and deeper looking for the indivisible root cause.  It believes there is always a singular truth to any circumstance.  It creates an absolute paradigm of "good" and "bad" so it can manipulate the next moment to bring only "good" and exclude the "bad."  Seeking truth from this perspective will bring us to truth but it is an indirect path.  We look through our electron microscopes to discover the indivisible and the root cause that we believe will allow us to predict every moment, but what we find is randomness.  The indivisible doesn't exist.  Cause and effect don't work.  We even create concepts to describe what we can't understand like quantum and relativity.  The indirect path brings us to paradox.

The direct path is paradox.  When we follow the pointers to truth, we find the end of our minds.  Paradox takes us beyond our minds where truth can be experienced for what it IS.  We can take the long way around the mountain by the path of the mind or take the shortcut through paradox.  

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Pointers to the formless: ears to hear

As the ego, we are telling ourselves a story.  We are believing we are the story.  We are most often asleep to the truth that we are not the story but the awareness that is experiencing the story.  I know this kind of language is difficult to process and can actually create more confusion.  As the ego, we want to plan and control.  The ego's purpose is to plan and control.  It is a survival mechanism that is ultimately trying to avoid death.  When we begin to wake up, the ego will want to take ownership of the awakening and try to "do" something to awaken (or at least take credit for the awakening). But we are not the ego.  The awakening is leaving the ego behind.  An ego can't wake up.  The absence of a false identity is the waking up experience.  It is like something leaves that has always been there and the space that remains is our true self, the divine awareness "we" are.  The "am-ness" of the I am.

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Pointers to the formless: eyes to see

In these posts I often refer to consciousness or awareness as the divine presence or the divine itself.  And there we are again.  When I use the word "itself" I've reduced the infinite to something finite.  The mind will attempt to make concepts of the formless.  It must.  It is a manifestation of the formless that categorizes forms as a survival mechanism for the manifested form to interact with the world of forms.

And there we are again trying to create another form to describe the indescribable.

Still, you are not form.  Your form is a manifestation of your formless essence.  Why?  So you might experience forms to know the formless.  How?  How is it that we can experience and know the formless in the world of forms?  Awareness.  Awareness is what we are.  We are like a singular eye that sees and experiences the world as a perceived seer.  When we look as this singular eye to see ourself...we can't.  The eye cannot see itself but it is aware that it is.  In the absolute, there is no eye to see.  There is just the act of seeing. This is the awareness that you are, the "I am" that reduces to just the "am" or beingness.

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Collective Resistance to what IS

When the collective consciousness of humankind is lost to the egoic illusory identity, it resists what IS in a powerful way.  We become very busy beavers.  We are judging everything as acceptable or unacceptable based on conditioning and a separate-self illusion.  It can take the form of inserting so many boards into the stream we create a dam.  We stop the flow of the stream of life in an attempt to control the stream of life....

Our collective consciousness dams are our structures and organizations and paradigms.  They take the form of religion and political parties and even nations.  We will dam up with intensity to try to change the flow of the river.  Consciousness is lost to the illusion of the dream and is trying to change the course of the dream when it doesn't remember it is the dreamer.  The flow of life brings opportunity for the form to awaken to the formless.  Along the life cycle of the river there will be droughts and dams and flood stage flows.  So even the dams, the egoic insistence on control, the resistance to what IS, will create a sanctuary for consciousness to survive the illusion of the dream.  At some point, the flow of consciousness increases and the dams are broken.  The flow of life returns to its natural course....

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A flip side of the creation story

Before there was a beginning, there was just the divine.  Before there was time, there was only “God.”  Before there was form, there was only the formless.  Within the formless, forms came into being as a natural expression of the formless.

In the beginning the divine manifested as the heavens and the earth.  The heavens were the divine truth.  The earth was the physical manifestation of the divine.  The earth was formless.  It had no separateness but was one formless form.  Then divine consciousness entered the cosmos of forms.  God said “let there be light.”  This consciousness began to take the form of all the substance of the cosmos.

Time began.  Consciousness divided itself.  Day and night came into being.  Matter took shape.  Consciousness as the earth divided itself.  There was water and there was dry land.  Consciousness divided itself further to be plants and animals and living things.  Consciousness then took the form of what we call humans.  These humans were special since consciousness could become aware of itself in the human form.  Man walked with God in the garden.

Then consciousness in human form further divided itself into concepts and ideas and labels.  Man named the plants and animals.  Consciousness in human form became aware of self.  Man needed a partner.  Man needed community as it became aware of self.  Then mankind took the concept of self and created self-centeredness.  Man walked with God in the garden as a centered self and then “fell” into the world of self-centered.  Good and bad were created as the self-centered preferred one thing over another.  The apple was pleasing to the eye.

Consciousness became unconscious.  Death became real.  The illusion of a separate self was born.  The identity with the body/mind took the place of awareness.  The seeds of consciousness became the illusion.  The dreamer forgot it was dreaming.

And this was as it should be.

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Dying to live…

When the ego is constricted or constrained or squeezed, it will respond.  The ego's job is to respond to conflict in order for the biological unit to survive.  Consciousness focuses its attention on the form and through the form.  "God" can't help but willingly give "himself" to the identity of form because "God is love."  The dreamer looses himself in the character of the dream.  Like the prodigal son story, the father willingly gives himself (his inheritance and identity) to the son so the son can take his journey of discovery to find himself as the son of the father.

When the ego or the false self or the illusory identity is constricted the response is to either grow stronger as an ego (the sun is still resisting the gravity within) or the ego will collapse (gravity wins and a Supernova is born).  Many who have awakened did so as a result of great tragedy or trauma or fear or collapse of their egoic identity.  The stronger ego will continue the cycle until it collapses (maybe in another life or just prior to physical death).  With the collapsed ego, awareness emerges through the physical form as the "light of the world" Jesus described.

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Attention! Attention! Attention!

The divine only knows one thing because the divine is all there is.  God is all there is and there is no other.  The natural state of awareness is to be intently aware.  The natural state of consciousness is to be fully consciousness.  God only knows oneness because oneness is all that there is.

By design, the formless manifests as form to experience the formlessness of form.  God becomes a character in a dream to know dreaming in a dream.  Awareness becomes form to experience awareness as awareness.  In our moments of Attention! Attention! Attention! we are experiencing our true nature...only one.

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